HMS Diamond (D35)

HMS Diamond was a Daring-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She was built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland, and launched on 14 June 1950. This ship was John Brown & Company's first all-welded ship (as opposed to the rivetted construction more commonly used up to that time).[1]

HMS Diamond, July 1952
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Diamond
Ordered: 24 January 1945
Builder: John Brown & Company, Clydebank
Yard number: 632 [1]
Laid down: 15 March 1949
Launched: 14 June 1950 [2]
Commissioned: 21 February 1952
Identification: Pennant number: D35
  • Honor clarissima gemma
  • (Latin: "Honour is the brightest jewel")
Fate: Scrapped at Rainham, Kent, 12 November 1981 [1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Daring-class destroyer
Displacement: Standard: 2,830 tons, full load: 3,820 tons [1]
Length: 391 ft (119 m)
Beam: 43 ft (13 m)
Draught: 22.6 ft (6.9 m)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles (8,100 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
Complement: Approximately 300
Sensors and
processing systems:

Service history

In 1953 Diamond took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.[3] On 29 September 1953, she sustained severe bow damage in a collision with the cruiser Swiftsure during Exercise Mariner, held off the coast of Iceland.[4][5]

In 1956 Diamond was sent into Port Said to show the flag prior to the Franco-British assault, but the Egyptian government was unmoved and she sailed out to join the main attack force for the Suez landings at Port Said. She underwent a refit in 1959 at Chatham Dockyard. In 1964 she was involved in another collision, this time with the frigate Salisbury, in the English Channel during a naval demonstration.[6]

In 1970, she became a dockside training ship in Portsmouth and remained in this role until replaced by the destroyer Kent. She was scrapped in Rainham in Kent in 1981.[1]


  1. "HMS Diamond". Clydebuilt Ships Database. Archived from the original on 1 May 2005. Retrieved 31 May 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. "HMS Diamond". Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
  4. "British Warships In Collision". The Times (52741): Col C, p. 6. 1 October 1953.
  5. "Letter from P. D. Haynes, Trafford Branch" (PDF). Vanguard (The Official Journal of the Royal Naval Association No 10 area). April 2009. p. 21. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  6. "Two Warships Collide". The Times (56048): Col D, p. 12. 26 June 1964.


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